Faces of Faith
FOF is a unique way of hearing the stories of people from other faith traditions. Once a year we have had any where from a dozen to thirty people discuss what it means for them to be a Buddhist or a Baptist, a Mormon or a Muslim, a Jew or a Hindu or a Catholic, etc.
This year was our seventh such program held on Sunday, January 14th, at the Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty, in Ann Arbor. Six religious leaders spoke to the whole group about “What is it in your religion that brings you joy?” and “What is it about your religion that you never want to hear again from others?” Following each talk there was time for small group discussion and question and answers.
This year’s presenters:
Buddhist – Maum (Zen Buddhist Temple, AA)
Christian – Kelly Dunlap (Catholic)
Hindu – Sharada Kumar (Chinmaya Mission)
Interfaith – Lauren Tatarsky (Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth)
Jewish – Abby Wells (Temple Echad)
Muslim – Imam Mufti Abdullah Al-Mahmudi (Muslim Community Association of AA)
80 adults participated and all six presenters were engaging and informative.
This year we added something new, a student version held at the same time and in the same building. Six religions were also represented, all by high school students. 50 people filled their room, and the exchanges were stimulating and provocative. Represented were Muslims, Unitarian Universalist, Jews, Baha’is, Hindu and Christian.
Watch this space for next year’s plans.